I recently attended a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar dealing with building your business in the new economy. The similarities in the market forces affecting the legal profession that the speaker was describing and what I know about the market forces in the geospatial community"1 were striking.
First, the numbers in the two groups are somewhat similar. According to the speaker’s data, in 2009, there were 1,180,386 active attorneys, or as the speaker put it, one attorney for every 258 Americans. Similarly, in 2008, the U.S. Labor Department accounted for 857,000 people in the geospatial occupations; by utilizing the same math, that works out to be about one geospatial occupation for every 355 Americans.